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Ministry of National Security’s stance on going to the ICJ

Next April Belizeans will be going to the polls to decide whether or not to take the decades long unfounded Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice.  Today CEO in the Ministry of National Security, Felix Enriquez shared where his Ministry stands in the debate.

CEO in the Ministry of National Security, Felix Enriquez : “In 8 months Belize will hold its referendum and the Belize people will decide if we go to the International Court of justice to settle the Guatemalan claim. Each Belizean needs to carefully analyze the situation and decide which way to vote.The  Ministry of National Security assembled a group of staff officers and they conducted an in depth analysis of the situation and have determined the Ministry’s position. From our careful analysis of the historic facts and the legal procedures that govern the ICJ the determination of the Ministry is that we should vote yes to the ICJ. That is our informed opinion; that is our informed opinion and over the next few months we will need to educate the men and women of the security forces of these facts so that they can go and make their own decision on how to vote and so while we will tell them why we came to our conclusion we will not tell them how to vote.”

Enriquez said it is important for Belizeans to be educated on this important matter.

CEO in the Ministry of National Security, Felix Enriquez: I encourage all government and private and civic institutions as well as the public to continue to discuss this important issue, continue to educate yourselves about the process, continue to weigh the good and bad. Consider the implications of yes vote versus a no vote. It is important that our people make an educated vote based on facts rather than fear and political propaganda.”

He shared how the government plans to reinforce security in order to prepare for whatever the outcome may be.

CEO in the Ministry of National Security, Felix Enriquez: “These are very important times for the Ministry. Whatever the outcome on April 10th next year there are inherent preparations that our security forces need to make so that we must always position ourselves to ensure that we can adapt and respond adequately to our country’s security needs. As we continue the fight against local and transnational crime and strive to maintain the territorial integrity of Belize it has brought us to the revision and implementation of our strategic defense. Also it has brought us to the review of our National Defence plan and our crime strategy. It is vital that we as a Ministry continue to increase our capacity. It is vital that we review our strategies and build a solid leadership team that will be up to the task and maintain momentum that keeps us alert and keeps us ready. I assure you that this ministry is doing just that.”

Enriquez said everyone must work together in order to find solutions and ensure our country remains safe.